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ERIC Number: ED316032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Pages: 14
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Modifiers, Quantifiers, and the Treatment of Japanese Numeral Expressions.
Dubinsky, Stanley
Analysis of Japanese numeral expressions provides evidence that their two semantically distinct functions, attributive and partitive, can be associated with distinct syntactic positions within the noun phrase (NP). The attributive numeral phrase occupies the position of a modifier and is a complement to N or N'. The quantifier (partitive) numeral phrase is the head of its phrase and the NP is a complement to it. While both types of numeral phrases may occur to the right of a position, their distribution is constrained by different factors. The numeral quantifier must have as its complement a non-quantified, definite NP. These conditions being met, it may appear to the right of any postposition. On the other hand, numeral modifiers are simple modifiers of the head noun and not affected by the definiteness or quantification of the entire phrase. Their appearance to the right of postpositions is, however, constrained syntactically. Specifically, they may only move out of surface subjects and direct objects. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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